Herkimer Announces Open Call for Projects as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative

[Herkimer, NY]- The Herkimer Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Local Planning Committee is seeking transformative project proposals for potential inclusion in the Herkimer DRI Strategic Investment Plan. Proposals for public, private, and not-for-profit projects can be submitted through an Open Call for Projects from May 6th to June 10th, 2024.

An informational webinar on the Herkimer DRI Open Call for Projects is scheduled for May 16th at 1:00 pm and one-on-one support is available for potential project sponsors starting today (see more information below).

Projects received through the Open Call will be reviewed by the Local Planning Committee, with input from the public. Successful submissions will be recommended for funding to the state.

NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative

The NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) provides state funding to New York communities to foster vibrant downtowns across the state. The ultimate goal of the DRI is to fund projects that will help transform downtowns into vibrant communities where New Yorkers want to live, work, and raise families.

As the Round Seven DRI winner for the Mohawk Valley, the Village of Herkimer will receive $10 million in funding from New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to develop and implement a Strategic Investment Plan for the DRI area. A Local Planning Committee made up of representatives of local businesses, institutions, and community groups is leading the effort, supported by a team of state planners and private sector experts.

Open Call for Projects

The Open Call for Projects provides the community an opportunity to propose transformative projects within the Village of Herkimer. Submissions may include projects such as new capital/construction projects, public improvements, and renovation of existing buildings.

Projects should have a visible and functional impact on the downtown area, for example, by serving as an anchor or catalytic project that will provide employment opportunities, housing Herkimer Downtown Revitalization Initiative choices, and/or services for the community. Projects must also align with the DRI goals and eligibility criteria. They should be shovel-ready and implementable within two years. Inclusion of a project in the Herkimer DRI Strategic Investment Plan does not guarantee funding through the DRI Program. New York State will make the final determination of which projects will receive a DRI award.

Information on the open call including useful resources for project sponsors can be found online at https://www.herkimerdri.com/.

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